Friday, March 19, 2021

FM #494 - Town Council Budget SubComm - 03/17/21 (audio)

FM #494 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 494 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares the audio recording of the Town Council Budget Subcommittee meeting held at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, March 17, 2021.  

The meeting was conducted in a hybrid format: most members of the Budget Subcommittee and Town Administration personnel were in the Council Chambers, one subcommittee member was remote along with the public was remote via Zoom conference bridge, all to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

The show notes also include links to my notes taken via Twitter during the meeting as well as the agenda and associated budget documents released for this meeting.

The meeting runs about 30 minutes, so let’s listen to the Budget Subcommittee meeting. Audio file =>


Quick Recap:

  • Good info shared by Town Administrator Jamie Hellen on the overview of estimated revenues, with slight updates from that shared with the Finance Committee meeting last week

  • Aside from that, no further details were discussed on the budget aside from variations on the theme of disappointment with the lack of representation from either the School Dept or the School Committee

  • Having participated in the School Committee budget subcommittee meeting on Tuesday, I provided the info that the discussion there reflected (1) awareness of this budget meeting and (2) they were awaiting information on the joint budget committee meeting where the school budget is normally reviewed

  • Chair announced that there will be questions on stormwater for the DPW to explain the increase of the $860K as mentioned but they were not raised this night

Budget Subcommittee agenda and supporting documents:

Town of Franklin Budget page

My meeting notes 


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FM #494 - Town Council Budget SubComm - 03/17/21 (audio)
FM #494 - Town Council Budget SubComm - 03/17/21 (audio)

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